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Mastung and Bannu bombings

Two bombings took place at election rallies in Bannu and Mastung. In Bannu, a remotely exploded bomb planted in a motorcycle left 5 people dead and 37 others wounded in an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister Akram Khan Durrani.

'3 lions' is at #1 on the UK singles chart

"Three Lions" is a song released in 1996 as a single by English band The Lightning Seeds to mark the England football team's hosting of that year's European Championships. The song has been described as the de facto "anthem" of English football since 1996.

Theresa May becomes the second woman prime minister of the U.K.

After being appointed by Queen Elizabeth II, May became the United Kingdom's second female Prime Minister, after Margaret Thatcher, and the first female UK Prime Minister of the 21st century. May told the media that she was "honoured and humbled" to be the party leader and to become prime minister.

US Airways brand is scraped

American Airlines announced that it planned to discontinue the US Airways brand name. US Airways made the final flight for the airline from San Francisco to Philadelphia with stops at Phoenix and Charlotte, operating as Flight 1939—with 1939 commemorating the birth of All American Aviation, which evolved over the decades to become US Airways.

Greek debt crisis is solved after marathon all-night summit

After 17 hours of negotiations, Eurozone leaders reached a provisional agreement on a third bailout programme, substantially the same as their June proposal. Many financial analysts, including the largest private holder of Greek debt, Paul Kazarian, found issue with its findings, citing it as a distortion of net debt position.


Germany beats Argentina 1-0 to win football's 20th World Cup

Mario Goetze scored winning goal in extra time to give Germany its fourth World Cup title with a 1-0 victory over Argentina in a tight and tense World Cup final held in South America. Argentina had created more chances but failed to really test the goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

'Glee' star found dead in hotel room

Cory Allan Michael Monteith was a Canadian actor and musician, known for his role as Finn Hudson on the Fox television series Glee. He died of a toxic combination of heroin and alcohol in a Vancouver hotel room. Glee fans raised money to "name a star" after Monteith, after being inspired by a scene featuring his character on Glee.

Typhoon Soulik

Striking Taiwan as a strong typhoon, Soulik brought gusts up to 220 km/h and torrential rains. Numerous trees and power lines fell, leaving roughly 800,000 without electricity. Severe flooding prompted thousands to evacuate as well. Four people lost their lives on the island while 123 more were injured.

Authorship of 'The Cuckoo's Calling' is revealed

Rowling's authorship was revealed by The Sunday Times after it investigated how a first-time author “with a background in the army and the civilian security industry” could write such an assured debut novel. After being revealed as the author, Rowling said she would have liked to remain anonymous for a while longer.


Scottish Rangers are demoted to the lowest professional league

Rangers were awarded associate membership and placed in the lowest division, the Third, rather than the First Division as the SPL and SFA had sought. The transfer of Rangers' SFA membership was agreed by the SFA upon acceptance of a number of conditions, including a one-year transfer ban, in time for the club to begin the 2012–13 season.

Mumbai bombings

The 2011 Mumbai bombings were a series of three coordinated bomb explosions at different locations in Mumbai, India. The blasts occurred at the Opera House, at Zaveri Bazaar and at Dadar West localities, leaving 26 killed and 130 injured.

Noar Linhas Aéreas Flight 4896 crashes

Noar Linhas Aéreas Flight 4896, a Let L-410 Turbolet passenger aircraft on a domestic service from Recife to Mossoró, Brazil, crashed shortly after take-off in the Boa Viagem neighborhood of Recife, after suffering an engine failure. All 16 people on board were killed.

Yankees' legendary owner George Steinbrenner dies

George Michael Steinbrenner was an American businessman who was the principal owner and managing partner of Major League Baseball's New York Yankees. He died of a heart attack at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, Florida. His death came nine days after his 80th birthday.

Battle of Wanat

The Battle of Wanat took place when about 200 Taliban insurgents attacked American troops near Quam, in the Waygal district in Afghanistan's far eastern province of Nuristan. The position was defended primarily by United States Army soldiers of the 2nd Platoon, Chosen Company, 503rd Infantry Regiment, and 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team.

'Hairspray' premieres at the Mann Village Theater

Hairspray is a 2007 musical romantic comedy film based on the Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was based on John Waters's 1988 comedy film of the same name. The film was a British-American venture produced by Ingenious Media and Zadan/Meron Productions.

Space Shuttle Discovery is lunched

Discovery took off only six day after landing of her sister ship Atlantis. It was the fastest turnaround between flights in the history of the Shuttle program. Main mission objective was to deliver Tracking and data relay satellite (TORS) to orbit. The astronauts also conducted plenty of experiments, most of them from the field of biological sciences.

Bryan Adams goes to #1 on the UK singles chart

"(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" is a song by Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams. The song was an enormous chart success internationally, particularly in the United Kingdom, where it spent sixteen consecutive weeks at number one on the UK Singles Chart - the longest in British chart history.

Live Aid is held simultaneously in London and Philadelphia

Live Aid was a dual-venue benefit concert and an ongoing music-based fundraising initiative. The original event was organized by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for the relief of the ongoing Ethiopian famine. It was one of the largest-scale satellite link-ups and television broadcasts of all time.


Sergei Bubka of USSR pole vaults a record 5.89 m

He set his first world record of 5.85m which he improved to 5.88m a week later, and then to 5.90m a month later. He cleared 6.00 metres for the first time in 1985 in Paris. This height had long been considered unattainable.


Walter Poenisch completes swim of 207 km from Cuba to Florida

Walter Poenisch was a baker, rodeo competitor, strongman, and swimmer, who entered his first competitive swim in 1963, to show that a 50-year-old man could be as active as young fellows. Old Ohioan man swam from Cuba to the Florida Keys. It took 34 hours and 21 of his pounds, but Walter made the Florida shore alive.

25-hour blackout hits New York City

The New York City blackout was an electricity blackout that affected most of New York City in 1977. The only neighborhoods in the city that were not affected were in southern Queens. The blackout resulted in citywide looting and other acts of criminal activity, including arson.

George McCrae starts a two week run at #1 in the US

"Rock Your Baby" is the debut single by George McCrae. "Rock Your Baby" was one of the landmark recordings of early disco music. A massive international hit, the song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the United States, spending two weeks at the top of the chart.

Queen release their first album

Queen is the debut studio album by the British rock band Queen, released by EMI Records in the UK and by Elektra Records in the US. It was recorded at Trident Studios and De Lane Lea Music Centre, London, with production by Roy Thomas Baker, John Anthony and Queen.BThe album was influenced by contemporary progressive rock and heavy metal music.

The Animals go to #1 on the UK singles chart

"The House of the Rising Sun" is a traditional folk song. It tells of a life gone wrong in New Orleans; many versions also urge a sibling to avoid the same fate. The most successful commercial version, recorded by British rock group the Animals, was a number one hit on the UK Singles Chart and also in the United States and France.

Greatest tank battle in history ends

Kursk was the largest tank battle in history and it was the last attempt by the German army to slow down the Soviet Military. The failure of the German offensive at Kursk had obvious military consequences for the Nazi army. Kursk was the last throw of the dice for Germany on the Eastern Front.

Frank Sinatra makes his recording debut

It was with the James band that Sinatra released his first commercial record "From the Bottom of My Heart". No more than 8,000 copies of the record were sold, and further records released with James through 1939, such as "All or Nothing At All", also had weak sales on their initial release.


Ruth hits 700th career home run

Ruth hit his 700th career home run in the third inning in a 4-2 victory, over Tommy Bridges of the Detroit Tigers. The shot cleared the right-field wall in Briggs Stadium and rolled several hundred feet down a street front of the stadium. Babe Ruth took the valuable ball.


1st-ever football World Cup competition begins in Uruguay

The 1930 FIFA World Cup was the inaugural world championship for men's national association football teams. FIFA selected Uruguay as host nation, as the country would be celebrating the centenary of its first constitution, and the Uruguay national football team had successfully retained their football title at the 1928 Summer Olympics.

The Hollywood Sign is officially dedicated

The Hollywood Sign is an American landmark and cultural icon located in Los Angeles, California. "HOLLYWOOD" is spelled out in 44-foot-tall white capital letters and is 352 feet long. The sign was originally created as an advertisement for a local real estate development, but due to increasing recognition, the sign was left up.

Roy Chapman Andrews discovers dinosaur eggs

Andrews's party was the first in the world to discover dinosaur eggs. Initially thought to be eggs of a ceratopsian, Protoceratops, they were determined in 1995 actually to belong to the theropod Oviraptor. During that same expedition, Walter W. Granger discovered a skull from the Cretaceous period.

French revolutionary Jean-Paul Marat is assassinated

Marat was assassinated by Charlotte Corday, a Girondin sympathizer while taking a medicinal bath for his debilitating skin condition. In death, Marat became an icon to the Jacobins as a revolutionary martyr, as portrayed in Jacques-Louis David's famous painting, The Death of Marat.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1942

Harrison Ford

died 1954

Frida Kahlo

born 1969

Ken Jeong